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Chicago-area Father Cycles 150 Miles in Honor of Late Wife, Raise Funds for Life-Saving Research

Joins Hundreds of Cyclists to Ride in 2017 Fight For Air Ride, June 9-11

(May 17, 2017) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

CHICAGO – David Bein’s wife, Carol, was diagnosed with lung cancer while pregnant with their daughter. During her pregnancy, the baby’s lung development was a big concern before an early birth. Carol ultimately passed away from lung cancer shortly after the birth of their daughter, Eva.

“Eva was induced early to allow Carol's treatments to start as soon as possible, with the biggest concern being the development of Eva's lungs.  It was due to the research into lung development and treatment, supported by the American Lung Association, which allowed Eva to grow and thrive. I'm riding in memory of Carol and in honor of Eva, and hoping to raise funding to help others as I have been helped in the past,” said David.

Bein will join more than 200 cyclists with heart tugging, inspiring and motivational stories in the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2017 Fight For Air Ride, June 9-11; a three-day 150 mile bike ride from Illinois to Wisconsin.

A brief summary of some other cyclists stories is below.

  • Maureen McDonald (Chicago), 48 years old, lost her father to lung cancer last summer and is cycling for the 10th consecutive year.
  • Karen Abernathy, (Wauconda), 56 years old, will ride in memory of her husband’s Aunt Gail who passed away from lung cancer at the age of 60. Karen has grown her team size from four to 18 cyclists in four years and has raised over $17,500 for the Lung Association.
  • Maria Urcid (Hanover Park), 60 years old, is riding in memory of her mother who battled asthma her entire life and most recently passed away from lung cancer.

More than 200 cyclists of all levels will ride 50 miles a day for three days. Cyclists take off for a 50-mile ride from McHenry County College towards the Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. Riders stay at the Abbey throughout the weekend. They all return from Lake Geneva on Sunday, June 11, with another 50 miles back to McHenry County College.

Money raised will save lives. Lung cancer is the nation’s number one cancer killer. Cyclist ride to raise awareness and funding for much needed research. Ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly towards education, research and advocacy. Registration information is available at

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